Tantramar digging out from another winter storm

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NB Power working through one of toughest times in utility's history

A Sackville public works employee works to clear the sidewalk near the Trans-Canada Highway overpass on Main Street this morning. DOHERTY PHOTO

Tantramar and area residents woke up to the aftermath of another winter storm this morning.

More than 20 cm of snow fell in most areas, which have already dealt with a series of snow and ice storms in recent weeks.

Environment Canada has lifted it's snowfall warning, with only a few additional centimetres forecast to fall this morning.

NB Power has been dealing with repeated large scale power outages in recent days.

A press release issued yesterday by the power corporation stated: "More than 250 power line and tree trimming crews are battling challenging weather and working conditions to restore power to approximately 4,400 customers who remain off line following the most damaging series of winter storms in recent history.

"Since Dec. 23, crews have restored power to more than 83,000 customers, nearly one quarter of the utility's customer base, with many losing power multiple times throughout the week.

"Nearly 4,500 kilometres of primary power lines, or about 24 per cent of the utility's transmission and distribution system, was damaged by the storms.

"On Sunday, Dec. 29, NB Power crews were assisted by contractors from New Brunswick, and crews from Nova Scotia Power, Maritime Electric, Saint John Energy, Edmundston Energy and the North Atlantic Mutual Assistance Group out of New England."

Gaetan Thomas, chief executive officer and president of NB Power, said the outside assistance was greatly appreciated.

"This is the largest number of crews we have had working in the field since the storms hit seven days ago," he said. "We are making good progress toward our goal of having customers reconnected by the new year.

"We continue to be humbled and profoundly appreciative of the patience our customers are showing as we work through one of the toughest times in our utility's history."

Organizations: Environment Canada

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